“I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.”

Today is a delight. The humidity is still among the missing. The morning was even a bit chilly. I wished I had a sweatshirt on when I was outside waiting for Gracie. It rained all Tuesday night into Wednesday early afternoon but then the sun came out and the rest of the day was lovely. I hung around the house yesterday and finally did the laundry. It has made it upstairs only as far as this floor, but I still feel accomplished.

The kids around here go back to school next week, the day after Labor Day. It was also when I went back to school. I complained every year because that is the responsibility of kids the world over, but I didn’t really care. By the end of the summer I had run out of things to do. I was bored though I would never have admitted it.

On the weekend before going back to school, I checked out all my school supplies again and again. I sharpened my pencils and loaded and unloaded my school bag. I used to carry it with the strap across my chest, and I’d check out the look in the mirror.

I got to wear a new outfit on the first day of school, the only day of no uniforms. My mother would lay out our outfits on our beds. New clothes and new shoes were special.

On the schoolyard, I’d see my school friends for the first time since the summer had begun. When the bell rang, a hand bell rung by a nun, we’d go into the building but not in lines. Those would start the next day after we had found our classrooms and classmates. There were two classes of every grade, each with 40 or more students. One class got a nun while the other class didn’t. The nuns by their very natures kept us quiet and attentive. We didn’t dare do otherwise. The not nun teachers were just as strict. We all knew the being attentive position. It was sitting at our desks with our hands folded on top of it.

After the first few days, school became routine. We were back in uniform. Bells ruled our lives. We entered and left the school in lines. We did homework. It was a long way until June.

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8 Comments on ““I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    It has been raining here for two days now and it’s a bit boring now. We’ve been lucky to have just drizzle when we’ve been out walking though and troday we were a bit surprised when two cows came running out of my garden 🙂 🙂 🙂 I really shouldn’t have been surprised since the week has been as it has with the new phone and the computer too 🙂 Twop cows coming out of the garden seemed more or less natural 🙂 🙂

    I can’t remember having any rituals like that when going back to school I just remember that I loved it 🙂 I had spent most of the summer with my friends anyway so no change there. I do remember how I loved the smell of the old school the first day though.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Today was wonderful until about an hour ago. I was in a store, and when I came out, I was surprised how dark it had gotten. The weather said maybe showers, and it may be right.

      The cows probably wanted just a bit of fun.

      I also loved going back to school. I loved to learn and to read so I was happy to be back in school. My school also had a wonderful smell of wood.

      Have a great evening.

  2. Bob Says:

    School here in Dallas opened Monday. Unfortunately, schools in South Texas may not open for another week or more. One analogy I saw was that all the water that fell on Houston over the weekend would fill an area two miles in radius and two miles high. That’s trillions of gallons. A couple of shelters have opened here in Dallas taking in the victims of the floods in the Houston area. One woman interviewed on TV survived hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and moved to Houston. She didn’t wait around for the water to rise this time she came to Dallas on Thursday.

    Sadly, multi-millionaire televangelist Joel Osteen refused to open his over 16,000 seat mega church as a shelter until he was shamed into it on social media on Tuesday. Trump also showed up wearing his USA baseball cap, available for purchase on his website for $40, and praised the size of the crowd he drew at a fire station. Both men’s actions beg the question, “What would Jesus do?”

    I took today off to burn up some vacation time before I lose the days at the end of the year. Every filling station here is jammed with long lines of folks topping off their tanks due to a fear of gas shortages due to TS Harvey. Prices have risen about 45 cents a gallon in the last two days. Exxon Mobil closed the largest refinery in the country in Baytoen ahead of the storm. Texico also closed their refinery outside of Port Arthur. It’s reminiscent of the Arab oil embargo induced gas lines of 1973.

    Today is beautiful with clear skies, low humidity and a forecast high temperature of 90 degrees.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I’m actually saw the same interview of that woman. I’d feel cursed as if the hurricane was following me. We will get some of the rain from what is left of Harvey. It will be here on Sunday.

      The amount of rain and the height of the flood waters are unbelievable. Now they have that chemical fire. I feel so sorry for those people who lost everything. I think the response has been wonderful compared to the Katrina response.

      I read about Joel Osteen who lied and said his church had also been flooded. What a hypocrite! Trump turned his speech into a rally. He totally lacked empathy. I’m not a Pence man, but he at least has gone to the area and vowed to help.

      I remember waiting in line for gas in 1973. I watched the gas station attendant change the price from 48 cents to 50 cents a gallon.Gas here has gone up 30 cents a gallon.

      We stayed in the high 70’s today.

      • Bob Says:

        As a result of rumors of gasoline shortages from Harevy, gas stations all over the Dallas Ft.Worth area are now out of gasoline. It’s interesting how easily a panic can get started. The State Railroad Commission, which regulates gas and energy production, has assured everyone that there are no gasoline shortages.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        Remember when Johnny Carson started the great toilet paper caper? He claimed there was a shortage of toilet tissue and people went wild, stocked up and created a bit of a shortage.

  3. Birgit Says:

    Today was the first day for first grade kids and neighbor’s boy was among them. They still have traditional school cones filled with candies, toys and school supplies.
    It was quite cold today and I even wore socks. It looks like barefoot summer is over.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I love the tradition of the school cones. It makes going back to school a bit easier.

      We have had cold nights lately but the days have been really nice, in the 70’s. We are due for some rain and some heat this weekend.


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